Wedding favors are often the first item to suffer deletion from a bride's to-do list. They're not mandatory, so why waste precious dollars on these seemingly frivolous items? Before brushing this task aside due to budget constraints, realize that wedding favors offer a relatively inexpensive outlet for you to demonstrate your creativity and set your wedding apart from the rest.
Think Double Duty
Enjoy two-for-one savings when you choose favors that will serve another role in your wedding day production. For example - miniature picture frames can hold place cards and double as a take-home memento. Or trade the pricey table arrangements for bunches of small potted plants your guests can take home and enjoy long after the final dance.
You don´t have to be a budding Martha Stewart to craft your own wedding favors. If you´ve got the creative knack, we say go for it; it´s not as difficult as you may think. Round up some friends or family for a night of homemade favor-making. Simplicity is the key here; assemble tulle bags filled with Jordan almonds or test your culinary skills with homemade baked goods.
Go for the Gold
Give your guests the gift of dreaming big. $1 state lotto tickets are fun and inexpensive, and they can double as place cards if you place them in customized envelopes. You never know - if someone hits it big, they may be willing to share the wealth.
Mix It Up
Finally - a wedding favor that will do more than collect dust in your guests´ dresser drawers. Send them home with a compilation of the songs featured at your reception or a sample from your favorite play list. You can find blank CDs and jewel cases for less than $1 each.
A gift from the earth can be a “naturally" inexpensive alternative to a costly knick knack. A packet of seedlings tied with ribbon is both eco- and budget-friendly, and your guests will reminisce your wedding day as their gifts blossom.
With altruism at an all-time high, more and more couples are taking an advantage of an effortless opportunity to give something back, donating to charity in the name of their wedding guests. Charitable donations are inherently budget-friendly, since you specify the amount you can afford. And the reward for your philanthropic actions definitely exceeds the cost.
Cut that List Already!
This bit of advice is the easiest path to instant savings. Remember - the cost of your wedding favors multiplies by the number of guests at your wedding, so even an inexpensive $1 favor idea starts to look pricey when you have to purchase 500. Solution? Duh. . .invite fewer guests.
For even more favor tips and advice, consult this complete guide to planning your wedding favors at Elegala.com - Elegant Galas Made Simple.
Cori Russell is editor for Elegala.com and Gala Weddings Magazine. Elegala.com is a comprehensive wedding planning resource with a national directory of wedding venues and services, along with articles, expert advice, checklists and photo galleries to lead brides through every step of the planning process.